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Four University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley Faculty Members Promoted

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The University of Wisconsin Board of Regents recently announced that four members of the University of Wisconsin-Fox Valley faculty have been promoted.

  • Ellen Argyros, Ph.D., is now Associate Professor of English.
  • Mark Beintema, Ph.D., is now Associate Professor of Mathematics.
  • Jim Brey, Ph.D., is now Professor of Geography and Geology.
  • Frank Zetzman, M.F.A., is now Professor of Art.

William F. Messner, Ph.D., Chancellor of the thirteen UW Colleges, says, "this promotion is a significant moment in the life of every teacher-scholar. All of the faculty and staff colleagues at the UW Colleges will continue to look upon these individuals as a source of creative energy in working together to meet the challenges of effective teaching, service and scholarship. The UW Colleges continues to develop as a fine institution of higher learning because of the valuable contributions of faculty like this."

Ellen Argyros photoArgyros has been teaching at UWFox since 1994. She has taught courses in composition, introduction to literature, English Literature, Western Literature, Modern Literature, and introduction to Shakespeare. She has served on numerous campus and UW Colleges committees. She has been published numerous times, presented a number of professional papers, and been involved in the greater Fox Cities community as a volunteer.

She earned a B.A. with High Honors from Swarthmore College (Swarthmore, PA). Her M.A. and Ph.D. are in English and American Literature, from Brandeis University (Waltham, MA). Her teaching interests include 19th century novels, the Victorian Period, Early Modernism, Humanities, women's studies, feminist theory, creative writing, and children's literature. Mark Beinteman Photo

Beintema has been on the faculty at UWFox since 1999. He was an Assistant Professor at UW-Fond du Lac and at Lawrence  University prior to arriving at the Menasha campus. He has taught courses in general education mathematics, precalculus, college algebra, trigonometry, linear algebra, discrete math, geometry, differential equations, linear programming, real analysis, foundations, number theory and statistics.

He earned the B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Wyoming (Laramie), and the Ph.D. from the University of South Carolina (Columbia). He has published a number of professional papers and has had several professional presentations.

Brey has been a faculty member at UWFox since 1990. He received the Associate of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Sheboygan. He then earned his Bachelor of Arts, Master of Science, and Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has taught geography, geology, meteorology, geomorphology, earth science, physical geography, weather and climate, and G.I.S. courses.

Jim Brey photoBrey was a Ford Foundation Fellow from 1972-1974. He received the Rotary Cutting Edge Teaching Award in 1995, and was voted UWFox's "Teacher of the Year" in 1997. He has had numerous professional articles published, presented dozens of professional papers, and served on various university and community committees. He was recently selected by the National Council for Geographic Education to receive the prestigious "Distinguished Teaching Achievement Award" for outstanding teaching in his field. As such, he is in a very exclusive group as one of ten college and university professors from the USA and Canada to receive the award this year.

Zetzman began teaching at UWFox in 1989. He also taught at UW-Marathon (Wausau) and UW-Madison prior to coming to the Frank Zetzman photo Menasha campus. The courses he has taught include ceramics, sculpture, 3-D Design, 2-D Design and Drawing.

He earned the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from UW-Eau Claire and the Master of Fine Arts from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He has been a member of the Board for the Appleton Art Gallery, and served as a houseparent in a home for developmentally disabled adults.

Zetzman has been a Visiting Artist at the University for the Spring Mela / Fine Arts Campus at Bhotahity (Katmandu), University of Notre Dame (South Bend, IN), Beloit College (WI), and Northland College (Woodruff, WI). He has been exhibited in numerous solo, two-person, and selected group shows in Milwaukee, Chicago, Madison, Green Bay, South Bend, Eau Claire, and central Illinois. He has traveled extensively to study art in Indonesia, South Asia, Haiti, Italy, the Southwestern USA, and Nepal.

Posted 7/30/2001